Reno, NVOften called the "Biggest Little City in the World," Reno, Nevada is approximately 22 minutes from Lake Tahoe and a short drive from the California border. It is filled with myriad venues of indoor fun as well as being close to abundant outdoor fun. With a cost of living that is a bit higher than the national average, it is still affordable. As far as Nevada goes, this city is one of its best to call home.
Many residents rent their homes here. Rental prices are cheaper than many other cities, and there is no state income tax. There are modern apartment complexes with all the latest amenities. The cost of living is lower than in nearby California. Many professionals and families call this energetic city home. Although it has a large white population, Hispanic and Latino populations give it a unique mix. After that come Asian, black and Native American populations. Small business thrives here, and you can find a host of ethnic restaurants as well as a mix of businesses. One can choose to live closer to the downtown or in the newer, more pristine suburbs that surround Reno. Home and rental prices in Reno are somewhat higher that the Nevada Metro average.
With the mention of Reno, one thinks of gambling. There are numerous casinos and hotels within the city. Shows, restaurants and gambling are part of this scene. On the other hand, this city has an abundant choice of outdoor recreation. With a location close to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe, you can ski, snowboard, snowshoe or hike trails during the summer. Mt. Rose Ski Resort is nearby. Golfing is popular here, with beautiful golf clubs surrounded by a backdrop of mountains. You can even hike up a mountain near Reno and watch the sun setting over the desert terrain. Art lovers will appreciate the Nevada Museum of Art, while those seeking culture and a stroll close to downtown will appreciate the Reno Riverwalk District. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is the site of balloon races as well as outdoor family fun. Car lovers will appreciate the city's National Automobile Museum.
You can get around the downtown area of Reno without a car; buses run frequently down Virginia Street. Residential areas outside the city, however, will call for a car. Buses are not crowded, and they might be running as much as every ten minutes.
Reno is a great place for families as well as for those who love the outdoors. With lakes, including Washoe Lake near Carson City, rivers, including the Truckee River and streams, this high desert city beckons to retirees, families and those who love fun.